Thank you, Metafilter. May 1, 2017 5:28 PM   Subscribe

I was just told I got tenure, and it is in no small part thanks to all of you at MetaFilter. I joined the site in grad school, where MeFi both kept me sane and educated me on a lot of topics and perspectives that I otherwise would never have learned about. But the debt I owe you all is more direct than that: my best-cited paper actually came directly from reading a post by griphus in 2012; RAs I hired from MeFi Jobs helped me research two other critical papers; and Ask has come through for me about research and teaching many times. So thank you all, I have been a member of this great community for 13(!!) years, and, despite the ups and downs of the site over that time, I realize how lucky I am to be part of it.
posted by blahblahblah to MetaFilter-Related at 5:28 PM (82 comments total) 133 users marked this as a favorite

Congratulations! That's wonderful to hear.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 5:29 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations friend.
posted by Fizz at 5:31 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations on tenure! That's awesome!
posted by hydropsyche at 5:37 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations! You are awesome!
posted by OrangeDisk at 5:51 PM on May 1, 2017


Dr. Blahblahblah clearly owes us a beer.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:56 PM on May 1, 2017 [7 favorites]


noob
posted by jjray at 5:58 PM on May 1, 2017 [3 favorites]


Not all terminal degrees are Ph.D.s.

I would also like a beer, Professor blahblahblah.
posted by Stanczyk at 6:02 PM on May 1, 2017 [2 favorites]


Congratulations!
posted by Dip Flash at 6:06 PM on May 1, 2017


mefi kept you sane? is that how this place is supposed to work?
posted by AFABulous at 6:12 PM on May 1, 2017 [8 favorites]


Nice work! I'll buy you a beer, I'll buy a whole case of beer!
posted by vrakatar at 6:13 PM on May 1, 2017


Awesome!

\( ゚ヮ゚)/
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:19 PM on May 1, 2017 [1 favorite]


Yay!!!
posted by cooker girl at 6:23 PM on May 1, 2017


I actually spent some time trying to figure out what I could give everyone on MeFi in appreciation, but there are too many of you for beer, the school won't let me waive tuition for some reason, and my Coursera courses are already free. I do fund the site, but am open to any other suggestions about a good "thank you" to the group.

And yes, this is actually a pretty good place for sanity, once you know the threads that will drive you insane and stop clicking on them. Plus, while I was in grad school, it was great to have an outlet for writing about interesting things that were not related to economic sociology or management.

Also, not to be too (clears throat, puts on tweed jacket and sunglasses), academic, here but research shows that being part of diverse communities actually makes you more innovative and able to come up with good ideas, so this place is really useful for sparking innovation, too.
posted by blahblahblah at 6:26 PM on May 1, 2017 [33 favorites]


Hooray! Congratulations!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:48 PM on May 1, 2017


Wonderful news! Congratulations!
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:57 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations!

which post
posted by griphus at 7:04 PM on May 1, 2017 [12 favorites]


Mazel tov!

And if I may threadjack: I have been lurking for years before signing up and may I just say this:

MetaFilter has improved my life in too many ways to count, and I owe SO MUCH to the mods and commenters here. You are all wonderful, and this is truly the best of the web. If not, in fact, one of the shining examples of humanity in this day and age.
posted by hapaxes.legomenon at 7:21 PM on May 1, 2017 [5 favorites]


Congratulations! Tenure process is quite the wringer.

Now I kind of want to know what the post by griphus was....
posted by Rumple at 7:25 PM on May 1, 2017 [2 favorites]


Now that's cool. Congrats!
posted by Miko at 7:27 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations!
posted by SyraCarol at 7:28 PM on May 1, 2017


So I me-mailed griphus about the post that played such a big role in my career, but I have mixed feelings sharing, because it would make it super easy to create a link to me in real life, even for non-MeFi users. That is a shame because I kind of like having a place like MeFi that is only loosely-coupled to my real identity. I can get in dumb internet arguments with minimal blowback, as opposed to Twitter, where I speak somewhat ex officio.

Its not like I am in the witness protection program (laughs nervously), and I have already had at least one student find out who I was anyway (and, Dear Reader, I hired him as an RA). So if anyone is curious, happy to tell you by me-mail.
posted by blahblahblah at 8:10 PM on May 1, 2017 [11 favorites]


Congratulations! Thanks so much for posting this great news!
posted by jasper411 at 8:23 PM on May 1, 2017


I just memailed the mods asking them to take the question out of my comment bc I didn't want to raise more curiosity

Also I got you this beautiful chain for your pocket watch
posted by griphus at 8:24 PM on May 1, 2017 [7 favorites]


As you anticipate, I'm going to leave that comment alone -- it's clear and fine right now (fine to ask, fine for blahblahblah to prefer not to say here) but would become confusing if I changed it.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 8:27 PM on May 1, 2017 [1 favorite]


Mazel tov blahblahblah yaddayaddayadda
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:37 PM on May 1, 2017 [1 favorite]


Well done!
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 8:41 PM on May 1, 2017


Mazel tov!
posted by lazuli at 9:31 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations, Perfesser!
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:47 PM on May 1, 2017


Congratulations!
posted by RedOrGreen at 9:57 PM on May 1, 2017


Hurrah and congratulations!
posted by rtha at 10:41 PM on May 1, 2017


Huzzah!
I'm going to proceed as if it was this post and eagerly await more spinning bladed projectiles.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:01 PM on May 1, 2017 [4 favorites]


Congrats! This is terrific!
posted by purplesludge at 12:41 AM on May 2, 2017


Wow, well done! You should be proud!
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:39 AM on May 2, 2017


Wonderful news - congratulations!
posted by DingoMutt at 5:19 AM on May 2, 2017


Congratulations! **greatjob!**
posted by minsies at 6:01 AM on May 2, 2017


Congratulations from me as well!
posted by languagehat at 6:30 AM on May 2, 2017


Woo! Congratulations!
posted by rmd1023 at 6:42 AM on May 2, 2017


Congratulations!
posted by needlegrrl at 6:45 AM on May 2, 2017


Congratulations!!!
posted by john_snow at 6:54 AM on May 2, 2017


Congratulations!

Point of etiquette - is it OK for people with 5-digit user numbers to be calling other people noobs?
posted by nickmark at 8:27 AM on May 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


Anybody who paid $5 to join is a n00b. Anybody who joined before you had to pay $5 to join is not a n00b.

The fact that I signed up in the 20 sign-ups every day at noon era before the $5 era has nothing to do with that distinction. Nothing.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:02 AM on May 2, 2017 [3 favorites]


Congratulations on getting Ten Ure! I've never even had a single Ure, so I can't imagine having ten of them. Though I guess you start out with a single Ure - Midge, probably - and just work your way up. OK, off to get a Midge Ure single! Maybe ... ah ... Vienna?
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:08 AM on May 2, 2017 [8 favorites]


So when do you become a Marxist radical?
posted by thelonius at 10:15 AM on May 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


Many congrats! May you enjoy every day of your tenure, Professor Blah!
posted by Lynsey at 10:49 AM on May 2, 2017


Go you!! Many congratulations.
posted by billiebee at 2:09 PM on May 2, 2017


ヾ(´ー`)ノ。・:*:・゚’★,。・:*:・゚’☆ Congratulations・・・
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:57 PM on May 2, 2017 [2 favorites]


Mazel tov!
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 4:59 PM on May 2, 2017


Congrats! Tenure & promotion are made unnecessarily hard. You're a champ!
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:56 PM on May 2, 2017


Congrats! Hint, if you're thinking about party ideas: a tenure pinata is a must!
posted by TwoStride at 7:12 PM on May 2, 2017 [3 favorites]


[This is awesome]
posted by gwint at 7:30 PM on May 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


Wow. Thanks everyone. I really meant this to be a thank you to MeFi (not always enough of those), and not a personal brag, but having people I have known and admired virtually for years offer congrats is really meaningful. And the piñata idea is great. I am already getting a monocle and tweed coat with elbow patches in celebration.
posted by blahblahblah at 7:46 PM on May 2, 2017 [5 favorites]


Huzzah and congrats, Professor blahblahblah!

In your honor, I am copy-pasting this serious monocle face emoticon for the first time in my life:
ಠ_ರೃ
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 9:29 PM on May 2, 2017 [2 favorites]


The J. Millard Professor of Butts
posted by not_on_display at 11:52 PM on May 2, 2017 [1 favorite]


Congratulations! That's a long damn road.

When will we see you on the tee-vee, with an anchorperson asking you to help us understand The Events Of The Day? Isn't that why everyone becomes a perfessor?
posted by wenestvedt at 3:15 AM on May 3, 2017


Congratulations. When does your sabbatical start?
posted by octothorpe at 4:39 AM on May 3, 2017 [3 favorites]


Congrats!
posted by cjorgensen at 5:21 AM on May 3, 2017


> Point of etiquette - is it OK for people with 5-digit user numbers to be calling other people noobs?

It is, but it is also right and proper that those with 4-digit user numbers mock them for it. The Circle of MeFi!

posted by languagehat at 7:04 AM on May 3, 2017 [3 favorites]


Congrats!
posted by maryr at 8:41 AM on May 3, 2017


Hey, that's great. Congratulations!
posted by OmieWise at 9:08 AM on May 3, 2017


Congratulations!
posted by Quietgal at 11:43 AM on May 3, 2017


Awesome, congratulations!
posted by spitbull at 1:24 PM on May 3, 2017


Congratulations! Wear those elbow patches in good health :)
posted by Mchelly at 1:44 PM on May 3, 2017 [1 favorite]


Excellent news! Congrats!
posted by blurker at 2:12 PM on May 3, 2017


w00t! Well done!
posted by theora55 at 2:30 PM on May 3, 2017


Hooray!
posted by carmicha at 2:35 PM on May 3, 2017


Congrats! You get a gold star like we did in grade school (back eons ago)....I guess that's asking for too much from frimble to make it happen?

sigh

*sticks gold star onto monitor next to the good professor blah's name*
posted by mightshould at 4:56 PM on May 3, 2017


Jessamyn used to have a gold star, so clearly it's possible.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:30 PM on May 3, 2017


Congrats!
posted by Lyme Drop at 5:59 PM on May 3, 2017


I actually spent some time trying to figure out what I could give everyone on MeFi in appreciation, but there are too many of you for beer, the school won't let me waive tuition for some reason, and my Coursera courses are already free. I do fund the site, but am open to any other suggestions about a good "thank you" to the group.

You could attempt to match tobascodagama's favoriting rate, but I don't think you'd be left with time to do anything else.
posted by clawsoon at 6:31 PM on May 3, 2017


I have been a member of this great community for 13(!!) years

November 20 noob.

Also: YAY, GO YOU!
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:48 AM on May 4, 2017


FABULOUS! CONGRATS!
posted by .kobayashi. at 10:03 AM on May 4, 2017


Congrats. And thanks for reaffirming my personal bias that people who slam the net for making people less invested in other humans are either dumb or just going to the wrong places on the net. I feel like metafilter - as well as other online clusters of folks - have helped me be a better person through exposure to a lot of different people, ideas, challenges, etc, and I have genuine affection for a lot of them. Greater than my affection for a lot of people I have in-person contact with, even.

I suppose you could make the case that cool online communities like this one have in fact made me less sociable by making me way less likely to put up with in-person bullshit just for the sake of human contact...
posted by phearlez at 1:56 PM on May 4, 2017 [4 favorites]


Congratulations! Tenure for everyone!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 3:45 PM on May 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


Chiming in to join the rousing cheers!

I must add that I credit metafilter with improving my argumentating skills
posted by infini at 5:08 AM on May 5, 2017 [1 favorite]


I have been a member of this great community for 13(!!) years

Before / After pics.
Emoji acceptable.
posted by Going To Maine at 5:51 PM on May 5, 2017


Isn't this just the best thread. We fight and winge among ourselves. The outside world is burning down and someone comes along and says very nicely it's all your fault fuckers and we stop and look around and realize what an incredibly diverse and amazing site this is. Congratulations Professor and thank you for the kind words.
posted by adamvasco at 8:08 PM on May 5, 2017


Yay for tenure! Harder & harder to get these days, from what I hear so hearty congratulations are in order. This place is full of brainiacs who continually amaze ol' C- high school me.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:36 AM on May 6, 2017


OK, off to get a Midge Ure single! Maybe ... ah ... Vienna?

Surely Mr. X because X is 10 in Roman numerals.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:42 AM on May 6, 2017


Boy it's a good thing Metafilter could possibly be helpful in my career instead of just a distraction, because the sum total of my comments during graduate school were around 2.6 times longer than my thesis.

But seriously, CONGRATULATIONS, this is so awesome!!!!
posted by en forme de poire at 12:12 PM on May 6, 2017 [3 favorites]


Really, really pleased for you. Mazel tov!
posted by DarlingBri at 6:48 PM on May 7, 2017


Huzzah!!
posted by initapplette at 12:02 PM on May 8, 2017


Woot woot!
posted by anotherpanacea at 1:02 PM on May 9, 2017


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